Jaroslav Halak has had an up and down career.  He broke onto the scene in Montreal carrying the eight seed to the conference finals, between powerhouses Washington and Montreal, to get there.  Then, Montreal traded him to St. Louis where he always had good win totals and GAA but a poor save percentage.  Last year, he ended up on the Islanders where he had a career regular season.  He missed the first few games this year but came back late last week and posted a shutout last night against the 0-7 Blue Jackets.  Even though they’ve lost every game, Columbus has been scoring goals, so a 37 save shutout is quite impressive.  Expect him to be the workhorse for the Islanders now and to post great numbers across the board.

Here’s what else happened on Tuesday (and the one game Monday):

Antti Raanta – 22 save shutout in his first game with the Rangers.  At the most, he’s going to play 15 games because Henrik Lundqvist is the ultimate workhorse but as we saw with Cam Talbot the last few years, the Rangers backup is an excellent streamer when he plays.

Mats Zuccarello – Fourth goal of the season on his only shot.  He keeps rolling and is locked into the top line so expect the production to be maintained, only with the assists coming and goal pace decreasing.

Jesper Fast – Goal and assist on 3 shots with 3 hits.  Bumped up to the second line and produced right away.  I wouldn’t add Quickie in 12’ers yet but in 16+ man leagues, I’d make the add or at the least, look to stream him.

Michael Cammallieri – Goal on 8 shots.  He’s still the only Devils skater that I would own in 12’ers.  If he’s available, he’s an excellent stream against poor possession teams e.g. Arizona last night.

Travis Zajac – Shorthanded goal and two assists, +3 and three shots.  Playing big minutes and is very good on draws so I could see him being usable in leagues that count faceoff wins.  I wouldn’t own him in standard 12 man and probably not 14 man either.

Anthony Duclair – Power play goal on his only shot.  Still good at hockey.  If he’s still available, grab him.

Sidney Crosby – Goal and two assists on nine shots.  Looked like the best player in the world again, could have easily had 5+ points.  Amazing he went scoreless the first 5 games.  A hot streak is coming.

Kris Letang – Two assists with two shots.  The shots have been excellent so the points are coming.  Still feel extremely confident in my preseason ranking of 35th overall.

Evgeni Malkin – Goal and assist on 4 shots.  The Pens power play started the season 0-17 and broke through with 2 on Tuesday.  I expect the power play to end the year around 30% so a hot streak is coming and the studs are going to benefit.

Marc-Andre Fleury – 31 saves on 33 shots.  Looked great for most of the game until the two third period goals.  Still expect a Pens run so the wins should be coming.

Quinton Howden – Goal and assist with 3 shots and 4 hits. Florida’s fourth line surprisingly took over the third against the Pens.  Not much to see here fantasy wise since he’s only playing 10 minutes but could be relevant if somebody was injured.

Tyler Seguin – Goal and assist on 4 shots.  Jamie Benn had a goal and assist on 3 shots and 2 PIM.  Yep, best line in hockey right now.  Not even that close for me.

Antti Niemi – 34 saves on 35 shots in the 2-1 win.  A few people posted in the comments recently worried about Niemi since Kari Lehtonen has played well.  I wouldn’t be worried at all.   If you can own both, I’d absolutely do it.  The Stars are a powerhouse and should be one of the best teams this year.

Steve Mason – 30 saves on 32 shots in his return.  Still don’t want anything to do with Philly goalies but good to see him look like he did last season after giving up 6 goals in his other game this year.

Claude Giroux – No points but 8 shots on goal and 5 hits.  Played almost 23 minutes.  The points are coming.

Carey Price – 38 save shutout against the Blues.  Unconscious right now; he’s clearly established himself as the #1 goalie right now.  Amazing that the Canadiens keep winning with their roster.

Max Pacioretty – Goal on 7 shots.  I’m repeating myself from a few days ago but I do expect Patches to get his first 40 goal season and to push 40.

Colton Parayko – No points but 2 shots, 4 blocked shots and 4 hits.  He’s a rookie who’s getting big minutes with Kevin Shattenkirk out so he’s definitely usable in the short term.  In deep leagues, he’s a no-brainer add.

Victor Hedman – Two assists on three shots.  Good to see after his recent injury that he played 24 minutes as well.  The Triplets line hasn’t done much yet and there’s too much talent there for them not to get going so more points should be coming from the Lightning.

James Neal – Two goals and an assist with 8 shots and 2 PIM in 21 minutes.  I’m always big on guys like Neal who take a ton of shots because he stumbles into huge games with the high shot volume.  The assists aren’t great but if you’re in need of PIM, Neal is a great target since he’s a great goal scorer.

Filip Forsberg – 2 assists and +3.  I think he takes another step forward this year past where he was last year.  He consistently looks dangerous when he’s on the ice.

Mike Fisher – Goal and assist.  Locked into the top 6 and will continue to get big minutes so at the least, he’s worth streaming in 12’ers.  If you count faceoff wins, I’d own him.

Shea Weber – Goal and an assist with 4 shots.  His minutes are down from last year which was my reasoning why I had him down at 10th overall for defenseman but he’s still damn good.

Nicklas Backstrom – Two goals on three shots.  He’s on fire with 5 points in 2 games since he’s returned from injury.  Washington look outstanding so even though he’s not playing with Alex Ovechkin (1+1, 7 shots) right now, Backstrom is still a top 20 player.

Evgeny Kuznetsov –  Three assists.  The breakout is here; I’m expecting a 60+ point season at this point.

T.J. Oshie – Goal on 2 shots.  Killing it right now on the first line so I feel safe about my preseason prediction of a career-best fantasy season.

Mark Giordano – Goal on 2 shots.  He’s started slow but I expect the Flames to turn it around.

Johnny Gaudreau – Two assists.  While the Flames have struggled, Gaudreau looks outstanding.  The point pace will probably decrease but there should be an increase in goals soon.

Wednesday Streamers:

Sam Reinhart (0.6% owned) – He scored his first career goal last game when he got a chance on the first line.  Now he gets to play against Toronto tonight.  Great spot for Reinhart to get a point again.

Teemu Pulkkinen (4.3% owned) – Saw a minute boost recently and is getting steady power play time.  Edmonton’s defense is still shady at best so I expect Detroit to dominate the game from a possession standpoint leading to more chances for Pulkkinen.

Kris Versteeg (0.6% owned) – Carolina has actually been a top 5 possession team so far (small sample size, yes) and Colorado has been the worst possession team in the league.  Carolina should be able to take it to Colorado and Versteeg is on the first line and first power play right now.  Probably my favorite streamer of the bunch.

 

 

That’s all for now folks.  Be sure to check out Marv and Pesos’ article that also comes out today.  As always, please post any questions and comments below.  There’s only a four game slate tomorrow but I’ll have a quick roundup posted on Thursday with streamers for the bigger Thursday slate.  Take care everyone!

  1. Worlds First Analrapist says:
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    Hey Viz, great work, thanks for all the help.

    12-team, non-keeper league, offensive categories are G, A, +/-, PPP, SOG, Hit, Block.

    Who would you drop out of this group? We only use 4 defense spots and I don’t like carrying more than 5.
    Klingberg, Stralman, Dougie Hamilton, Streit, Tyler Myers, Franson

    • Viz

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      @Worlds First Analrapist: It comes down to the last two, the first 4 are definitely must-own in 12’ers. I’d probably drop Franson because he’s poor on SOG and his role is going to decrease when Bogosian comes back in Buffalo soon.

  2. 12 team head-to-head with the following categories: G, A, +/-, PIM, PPP

    First question: Accept or Decline?

    I have M. Pacioretty, LW
    I have been offered C. Perry, RW

    I also have J. Benn, F. Forsberg, and J. Drouin with LW eligibility
    I also have P, Kane, J. Voracek, and F. Forsberg with RW eligibility
    We can start 2 LW and 2 RW daily

    Second question: Who do you like more ROS?

    Nikolaj Ehlers (LW/RW) and Anders Lee (C/presuming eventual LW)

    • Viz

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      @[email protected]: It’s very close but I’m declining right now; Patches looks incredible and all you could potentially gain is PIM from Perry. Ehlers for me.

  3. Cats are G. Ass. Pims. +/- . SOG. PPP

    Been offered Mrazek and evander kane for my Parise. Have holtby and jimmy howard already for goalies. Good deal?

    Forwards are stamkos. Kreider. Zucc. Stepan. Landeskog. Saad. Barkov. Larkin. Pommeville. Panarin. Turris.

    I’d have to drop one…which should I cut? Thanks!

    • Viz

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      @Derrick Yu: It’s very close. Are those the only two goalies on your roster? If they are, I think I’d do it and cut Pominville.

  4. Lenny says:
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    Viz,

    I feel like there’s a ton of talent on my league’s FA list. Talking guys like Hanzal, Max Domi, Dylan Larkin, Perreault, Stastny, Scheifele, Anders Lee. They’re tempting to pick up, but I’d have drop guys like Panarin, Ryan Callahan, and Nikolaj Ehlers.

    Which of those names shoot of the screen at you as having potential to be top 10 players at their positions by year’s end?

    Thanks Viz!

    • Viz

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      @Lenny: Top 10 at their position? There’s no shot any of these guys come close to that. Top 10 are guys who will score a point per game and hit the other categories. That said, these guys will still hold a ton of value and the bottom of your roster can make or break you. I’m holding Ehlers and Panarin for sure but I’m dumping Callahan. What are your categories? I think I’d order them Larkin, Domi, Lee in standard leagues but that could change depending on your categories. Let me know and I’ll let you know if I like that order still.

      • Lenny says:
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        @Viz: Thanks Viz, it’s a HtH points league so without inundating you with the settings, 3/goal, 2/assist, and rewards you for PIM and good +/-. PPP count also. Callahan is on the line with Stamkos, otherwise I’m not attached to him at all. It just always seems like a Steen or Kyle Turris shoot up the ranks seemingly out of nowhere due to a change in opportunity from previous years. Appreciate the advice.

        • Viz

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          @Lenny: Yeah there are always a few guys like that. Panarin on your team is a good example; he’s clicking with Kane and stepping in immediately as a rookie and making an impact. Larkin is getting a chance to play with Zetterberg and is extremely talent so I’d make the move for him.

  5. Tony says:
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    I am in a standard scoring 12 team Yahoo league and I already have Pavel Datsyuk on my IR spot. I also have Jarome Iginla and Jaden Schwartz currently underperforming.

    On the waiver wire are Logan Couture, Matt Duchene and Sean Monahane. Would you recommend making any moves? I could probably afford to carry some dead weight for a couple weeks if it meant having a better team down the stretch.

    • Viz

      Viz says:
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      @Tony: I’m definitely cutting Iginla, he’s the worst guy by a mile. I’d own all 3 of those guys if possible in a 12 man but if you’re only adding one, I’m adding Monahan for now. His value is close to Couture’s when both are healthy, no reason to eat the 4-6 weeks.

      • Tony says:
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        @Viz: Would you swap Dats for Couture or leave them be? I haven’t really heard a return date for the Red Wing.

        • Viz

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          @Tony: I think so but it’s close.

  6. Connor says:
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    Any thoughts on the news on Ramo? Would another team pick him up?

    • Viz

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      @Connor: I’m a little surprised that they just decided to waive him instead of trying to trade one of the 3 goalies. Since he only has the one year left on his deal, I think that makes him more likely to be claimed. If you own Ramo, I’d hold him until we find out if he’s claimed on waivers.

  7. goodfold2 says:
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    best stream for FRI
    condon @ BUF
    lack(this hasn’t been announced, and it’s probably worst option anyway) @ LA
    grubauer @ EDM

    this is for 16 roto’s with games i could grab here or there (i waited this long to see if any start i might’ve done would’ve went well, like montoya, nilsson, condon earlier)
    but also for one league where i dropped ramo, as i don’t see him either being picked up and used or he’s kept by CGY and i don’t really seem to want any piece of their goalies so far. Berra and some others have shown quite well that there’s decent streamers around. And even in leagues with only 4 moves per week (like the one with ramo, a 12 teamer) i’ll be better off with streaming that slot, already having allen and dubnyk. that league has thank god changed to daily today in yahoo vs daily tomorrow, which is much better with streaming when you aren’t sure which guy goes in which game of a back to back.

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @goodfold2: that’s 16 team roto’s, not 16 separate roto leagues.

      • Viz

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        @goodfold2: I think it’s Condon, the Sabres look good but the Canadiens look great so far. It’s a very good chance for a win and solid stats across the board.

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